Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 860. Fear.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
3. Prospective Affections
860. Fear.
NOUN:FEAR, timidity, diffidence, want of confidence; apprehensiveness, fearfulness &c. adj.; solicitude, anxiety, care, apprehension, misgiving; feeze [colloq., U. S.]; mistrust (doubt) [See Unbelief. Doubt]; suspicion, qualm; hesitation (irresolution) [See Irresolution].
  TREPIDATION, flutter, fear and trembling, perturbation, tremor, quivering, shaking, trembling, throbbing heart, palpitation, ague fit, cold sweat; nervousness, restlessness &c. adj.; inquietude, disquietude, heartquake; abject fear (cowardice) [See Cowardice]; mortal funk [colloq.], heartsinking, despondency; despair [See Hopelessness].
  batophobia, hypsophobia; claustrophobia; agoraphobia.
  FRIGHT, affright [archaic], affrightment [archaic], boof [slang, U. S.], alarm, dread, awe, terror, horror, dismay, consternation, panic, scare, panic fear, panic terror; “terror by night” [Bible]; chute [N. U. S.], stampede [of horses].
  INTIMIDATION, terrorism, reign of terror; terrorist.
  [OBJECT OF FEAR] bugbear, bugaboo, scarecrow; hobgoblin (demon) [See Evil Spirits]; nightmare, Gorgon, mormo [obs.], ogre, Hurlothrumbo, raw head and bloody bones, fee-faw-fum, bête noire [F.], enfant terrible [F.].
  ALARMIST (coward) [See Cowardice].
VERB:FEAR, stand in awe of; be afraid &c. adj.; have qualms &c. n.; apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance; distrust (disbelieve) [See Unbelief. Doubt].
  hesitate &c. (be irresolute) [See Irresolution]; falter, funk [colloq.], cower, crouch; skulk (cowardice) [See Cowardice]; take fright, take alarm; start, wince, flinch, shy, shrink, blench; fly (avoid) [See Avoidance].
  grow pale, turn pale, stand aghast; be in a daze; not dare to say one’s soul is one’s own.
  TREMBLE, shake; shiver, - in one’s shoes; shudder, flutter; shake -, tremble- -like an aspen leaf, - all over; quake, quaver, quiver, quail.
  FRIGHTEN, fright, affright, terrify; inspire -, excite- -fear, - awe; raise apprehensions; bulldoze [colloq., U. S.], faze [colloq. or dial.], feeze or feaze [dial. Eng. & colloq. U. S.]; give -, raise -, sound- an alarm; alarm, startle, scare, cry “wolf,” disquiet, dismay, astound; frighten from one’s propriety; frighten out of one’s -wits, - senses, - seven senses; awe; strike all of a heap [colloq.], strike an awe into, strike terror; harrow up the soul, appall or appal, unman, petrify, horrify; pile on the agony.
  make one’s -flesh creep, - hair stand on end, - blood run cold, - teeth chatter; take away -, stop- one’s breath; make one tremble &c.
  DAUNT, put in fear, intimidate, cow, daunt, overawe, abash, deter, discourage; browbeat, bully; threaten [See Threat]; terrorize, put in bodily fear.
  HAUNT, obsess, beset, besiege; prey -, weigh- on the mind.
ADJECTIVE:AFRAID, fearful, timid, timorous, nervous, diffident, coy, faint-hearted, tremulous, shaky, afraid of one’s shadow, apprehensive, restless, fidgety; more frightened than hurt.
  fearing &c. v.; frightened &c. v.; in fear, in a fright &c. n.; haunted with the fear of &c. n.; afeard [obs. or dial.].
  aghast; awe-struck, awe-stricken; horror-struck, horror-stricken; terror-struck, terror-stricken; panic-struck, panic-stricken; frightened to death, white as a sheet; pale, - as -death, - ashes, - a ghost; breathless, in hysterics.
  INSPIRING FEAR &c. v.; alarming; formidable, redoubtable; perilous (danger) [See Danger]; portentous; fearful, dread, dreadful, fell, dire, direful, shocking, frightful, terrible, terrific, tremendous; horrid, horrible, horrific, ghastly, awful, aweinspiring; revolting (painful) [See Painfulness]; Gorgonian, Gorgon-like.
ADVERB:in terrorem [L.].
INTERJECTION:“angels and ministers of grace defend us!” [Hamlet].
  1. Ante tubam trepidat.
  2. Horresco referens.
  3. One’s heart failing one.
  4. Obstupui steteruntque comæ et vox faucibus hæsit.—Vergil
  5. .
  6. A dagger of the mind.—Macbeth
  7. Expertus metuit.—Horace
  8. Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would.”—Macbeth
  9. Fain would I climb but that I fear to fall.—Raleigh
  10. Fear is the parent of cruelty.—Froude
  11. Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire.—Paradise Lost
  12. Omnia tuta timens.—Vergil
  13. Our fears do make us traitors.—Macbeth


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